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First-ever Sherwood National Night Out a success

Event included McGruff the Crime Dog and an FBI special agent


Photo Credit: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Josiah Kelley, 5, of Sherwood, center, says hello to McGruff the Crime Dog during Sherwood’s National Night Out held Aug. 5. at Sherwood's Cannery Square Plaza.

The Sherwood Police Department’s National Night Out proved a big success Tuesday night as residents flocked to Cannery Square Plaza in Old Town for food and fun while garnering a few tips on how to make themselves and their neighborhoods safer.

“We served 200 hot dogs, gave out 50 balloon kid-packs and probably had about 100 families come by,” Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth wrote to his staff Wednesday. “A huge thank you to all that helped make our first ever National Night Out celebration a huge success!”

Photo Credit: GAZETTE PHOTO: RAY PITZ - Addison and Paxton Perkins of Sherwood hold onto goodie bags while McGruff the Crime Dog and firefighters from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue chat in the background during National Night Out held at Sherwood's Cannery Square Plaza Aug. 5.Festivities began at 5 p.m. with Sherwood police officers, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters, McGruff the Crime Dog and an FBI special agent (who let youngsters try on an FBI flak jacket) all in attendance.

According to the National Night Out website, the event began in 1984 as a way to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. It also was designed to “send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

-- Ray Pitz



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